Winery Tasting Notes: Our 2014 Meritaggio has a dense, dark ruby violet color that shows off a higher percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of baked cassis and plum as well as cocoa nibs, cedar and earth tones. The palate is lush and full bodied while framed with Sangiovese’s acidity, candied strawberry and red cherry leading to a long savory finish.
Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Sangiovese, 8% Petite Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol Level: 14.9%
Cases Produced: 2721
Winemaker Name: Nile Zacherle
Maturity: Drink Now to 2020
Pairings: Rustic ‘Italian’ tomato sauce, ribeye steak, flame grilled hamburger
Fun Facts: Meritaggio is the brainchild of the Long family. Wanting to fulfill his desire of producing a fine blend, David Arthur Long set out to find clones of the five classic red Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. After many trials, he came across the Tuscan varietal Sangiovese, which stole the spotlight from all the Malbec he had tasted. The resulting blend was christened, “Meritaggio,” in honor of its outstanding quality and French Italian heritage.
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